I have been asking you to register your religious affiliation (your ‘membership’ in the Anglican Church in Finland.) ( http://www.suomi.fi/suomifi/english/eservices/forms/maist_vrk_1_71a_p010806_/index.html )
 
As a benefit of this registration is that your children might be eligible to receive religious education according to the Anglican tradition (or denomination). In order this to happen, the parents must ask for this education from the local school authority. Other requirement is that there must be three children (not necessary same age) living in the same school area (city or municipality). For example, if there are three “Anglican children” age 7,10 and 12 living in Espoo (for example in Mankkaa, Tapiola and Kilo), the City should provide education according to Anglican religion (Anglikaaninen uskonto as it would be formally called).
You can do this by form “oppilastietolomake” (the form by which you give the basic information concerning your child to the school) when at the beginning of each school year. One of the questions is about religious education. Here you should tick the box “muu” (“other”) and write “anglikaaninen” (“Anglican”)
Below is a quotation from the Ministry of Education and Culture:
 

Religious education

“In the comprehensive and upper secondary schools, students belonging to a religious community are given religious education and the non-affiliated are taught ethics. A significant minority of today’s pupils are non-religious or belong to another religion.

Denominational teaching other than Evangelical Lutheran and Orthodox is given if there are at least three pupils or students belonging to the same religious community and their parents request it.

The concept instruction in one’s own religion strives to guarantee the rights of minorities and to ensure that the child receives an education in accordance with their family’s convictions.

Curricula for different religions are created jointly by religious communities and educational authorities. The goal of a religious curriculum is to familiarise pupils with their own religion and the Finnish traditions of belief, acquaint students with other religions and help them understand the cultural and human significance of religions.

The Freedom of Religion Act does not impinge on school traditions. For example the singing of traditional hymns at end-of-term celebrations in spring and before Christmas does not constitute the practice of a religion in the meaning of the Act. The meaning of these celebrations is seen to be to pass on and preserve culture.

The communal system of comprehensive schools carries the main responsibility for providing compulsory education in Finland. Compared with the total number of schools, the proportion of licensed private schools is small. Licenses have also been granted for a few comprehensive schools which are based on religious confessions.

Higher education

There are two Finnish-language and one Swedish-language theological faculty.”

Source:

http://www.minedu.fi/OPM/Kirkollisasiat/opetus/?lang=en

Deep in prayer

I am happy to ask your questions and to give further advice

Best wishes,

Tuomas

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